Spring Walleye Fishing Tackle Choices
By: Steve Ryan
A simple change in presentation of tackle can make or break your walleye success
Spring walleye fishing often means large numbers of fish concentrated in small areas. The typical scene consists of boats packed tightly into community fishing holes, anglers slowly jigging or slipdrifting livebaits. The jigging cadence is consistent among the anglers. So long as fish are being caught, morale is high and the presentation continues unchanged. What goes overlooked however, is that a faster presentation of pullin’ baits that create thump can elicit more strikes by targeting aggressive fish and covering more water.
Rattlebaits: Instead of rippin’ a #7 Rippin’ Rap across a flat for walleyes in 40 degree water, scale back to the #6 and work it more deliberately. The #6 Rippin’ Rap has a slower fall rate and creates more vibration when pulled slower. At 1/2-ounce, the #6 still has enough heft to maintain its action and track true, even in areas with moderate current.
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